[Hpr] Regarding episode 3414 and COVID-19 disinformation

Klaatu klaatu at mixedsignals.ml
Fri Sep 17 14:15:31 PDT 2021

It is objectively true that people are dying from Covid-19, and if that didn't 
concern the Hacker Public Radio community, I'd be saddened and disappointed in 
all of us.

Most listeners of HPR are not on this mailing list.  I propose we combat the 
disinformation in 3414 with *several* episodes of correct information. I 
believe the best cure for ignorance is knowledge. 

People already believe that "critical thinking" (read: ignoring scientific 
evidence and "doing your own research" even though you have no access to Covid 
patients or laboratories) will expose "the truth" behind Covid.  Episode 3414 
isn't introducing anybody to these ideas.

Episodes in response to it, however, could be the thing that gives someone the 
courage to stop all of their head-in-the-sand "critical thinking" and to start 
listening to the experts.

I'm happy to do an episode in response, and in fact I'll post one later today. 
I'd be happier still if anybody responding to this thread does the same.


> brian-in-ohio
> On 9/17/21 15:09, nihilazo via Hpr wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have been wanting to contribute another episode to HPR for years but
> > have not got around to it yet. However I am more skeptical to lend my
> > voice to HPR after the publication of episode 3414, which spreads
> > anti-vaccine and conspiratorial ideas and promotes vitamin B3 as a
> > vaccine alternative (which has some benefits, as a preventative
> > alongside the vaccine, but is no replacement, and studies are still
> > fairly preliminary).
> > I understand that usual HPR policy dictates that episodes are not to
> > be edited or removed after they are uploaded but in the case of this
> > episode I think it's irresponsible for Hacker Public Radio to leave it
> > up, especially in the midst of a global health crisis.
> > Are there any plans to deal with this episode's potentially harmful
> > content?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Nico
> > 
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